Two Big Ears, a VR and AR oriented company have just been acquired by Facebook, and their product suite is now available for free. Of most relevance to GameFromScratch readers is the release of 3DCeption For Games, a suite of real-time binaural audio and environmental plugins for game middleware such as Unity, wwise and FMOD is one of the products they create. This is going to be rolled into the Oculus Rift developer kit going forward.
From the press release (sorry, no permalink available, so complete reprint follows):
At Two Big Ears, we’ve been hard at work creating technology and tools that have defined how immersive audio is crafted and experienced in VR and AR both now and in the future. We’re proud to see the impact our work has had on so many great projects.
Now, we’re ready to take the next step on our journey and scale our work from within Facebook. There is so much still to explore. By joining with a company that shares our values and our vision, we will be able to scale our technology even quicker as we continue powering immersive audio experiences.
Starting today, our pipeline for cinematic VR and 360 video, including the authoring tools, encoder and rendering engine are available for free . We’re excited to be able to continue developing great tools for a larger number of people across the world.
3Dception for Games will no longer be a separate product but we will be working with the Oculus team to combine our expertise and create best in class VR audio. Existing Pro customers will continue to receive support in accordance with your current agreement with Two Big Ears for the next 12 months.
Thank you to our customers, partners and investors, including board members George Elliott and Neil Heywood, the University of Edinburgh, Scottish Enterprise and everybody who has been with us on this amazing journey.